The Arkansas Literary Festival unveiled its 2013 author lineup today pic

  • The Arkansas Literary Festival unveiled its 2013 author lineup today.

The Arkansas Literary Festival organizers today announced the author lineup for this year’s shindig, scheduled for April 18-21.


Among those who’ll be speaking, leading workshops and/or participating in panel discussions are renowned poet CD Wright, Richard Ford (“The Sportswriter,” “Independence Day”), cartoonist Ben Katchor, Karen Russell (“Swamplandia!”), food writer and memoirist Salma Abdelnour (“Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut”), Carolyn Briggs (whose memoir “This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost” was the basis for the film “Higher Ground”) and many more.

More details about participating authors are available here. The full schedule won’t be out until March, but here are a few of the events you can look forward to. Author! Author! is back, with hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the drinking-age folks. At Write Your Film, Briggs, Raquel Cepeda and Sara Nesson will offer guidance about writing memoirs, documentaries and original narratives.


There’s also one called Grey Me Up, Baby, which is about “Fifty Shades of Grey.” That is of course the best-selling novel about a young woman and her career working at a paint factory where she’s in charge of all the different tones ranging from almost-white to just barely not-quite black. I think that’s right.

Anyways, it looks like a really good lineup, and we’ll have much more information as it becomes available and an entire issue previewing the festival.


The festival also announced that Academy Award-winning authors Larry McMurtry and Dianna Ossana (“Brokeback Mountain”) will be in town May 2-3 for a fundraising event and a reading.

A press release about the author announcement is available after the jump.